Mazda has officially announced a series of recalls for its vehicles because of the faulty Takata airbag inflators, which are affecting the Mazda6 and the RX-8.
The North American division of Mazda is now announcing a recall for the Mazda6 and for the RX-8 because of the faulty Takata airbag inflators, which have already affected other car manufacturers from across the globe.
“A safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants”, says the NHTSA in its official press release.
The affected vehicles are the Mazda6, produced between May 29, 2002, and March 4, 2004, and the Mazda RX-8, made between June 25, 2003, and June 30, 2003. The owners of these cars will be notified by the company and the dealers will be inspecting the vehicles and replace the defective airbag inflator, free of charge. The recall will begin in August, 2014. For any extra details on the subject, owners can contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.